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Sollecito leaves police station after handing in passport

Banned from going abroad, convicted of murder with Knox

31 January, 15:00
Sollecito leaves police station after handing in passport (see previous).

(ANSA) - Udine, January 31 - Raffaele Sollecito left a police station in northern Italy on Friday after handing in his passport following his conviction along with ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher.

Sollecito drove away from the police station in a Mini Cooper belonging to his girlfriend's father's company, sources said, adding he was heading to her home.

He told police that he took a ride through Austria before handing in his passport. He denied allegations of attempting to flee, adding the brief trip was to relax from a stressful 12-hour court session Thursday. Sollecito was sentenced to 26 years in prison and Knox to 28 years and six months in Thursday's fourth verdict. Sollecito's ban from leaving the country is being applied as the case goes to a final stage of hearings at the supreme Court of Cassation in Rome.

Knox is in her native United States.